Obama’s Day: The Economy And Latin Music

She is troubleshooter in chief, catering to every clients whim, extravagance and superstition, whether its making sure a musician sits in the last row on every jet (he swears it prevents the plane from crashing) or stocking someones favorite cherry soda backstage. Helms knows cellist Yo-Yo Ma (He would recognize me and give me a big hug), but she also knows concierges at hotels in European capitals who can find a late-night restaurant for a famished opera star. There are a few difficult clients, but they are all lovely. When theyre practicing their craft and giving concerts, they need to be taken care of. Happy musicians play better, and thats what our business is. And one thing you learn about Helms pretty quickly: She aint shy. Shes as take charge as they come: To overcome a plane delay and get the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to a music festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, Helms persuaded the pilots and crew of another jet to give the plane to the orchestra instead of the holiday travelers who had chartered it. Before one performance at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, she borrowed a hotels steam press to smooth out a Russian baritones tuxedo. When a famous conductor and his wife arrived in a European country with their dog unexpectedly in tow, CM staff negotiated a one-day pass for Fido so the conductor could make his evening concert. A top Kremlin official penned a permission slip on the back of a napkin at a cocktail party in Cyrillic script that greenlighted Helms and 200 musicians for a Kremlin tour. The company bills about $7million worth of travel and concert tours and works in 140 countries. Classical Movements grosses around $1.2million, of which more than $1million goes to pay for her dozen employees, mortgage, utilities, marketing and insurance. The company pays full medical coverage and has a 401(k) match. Helms owns her building and pockets a modest five-figure salary. If there is a profit at the end of the year, and there is every year, she keeps some of that and rolls the rest back into the business.

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Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 4 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Obama’s day: The economy and Latin music David Jackson, USA TODAY 9:15 a.m. EDT September 16, 2013 President Obama (Photo: Getty Images) SHARE 12 CONNECT 30 TWEET 4 COMMENTEMAILMORE President Obama seeks to refocus attention on the economy Monday, as well as enjoy some Latin music. Obama will give a White House speech on the fifth anniversary of the start of the financial crisis, kicking off a week of events devoted to the economy. The president will “discuss the progress we have made to grow the economy and create 7.5 million private sector jobs, and highlight the work we still need to do to strengthen the middle class and those fighting to get into it,” says the White House schedule. As renewed budget battles with congressional Republicans loom, Obama will also assail GOP budget-cutting plans, or what the schedule calls “self-inflicted wounds from Washington.” Republicans say it is Obama’s policies, particularly his health care plan, that continue to slow the economy, five years after the near-collapse of the financial system. At his speech in the Rose Garden, Obama “will be joined on-stage and in the audience by people who have benefited from his economic recovery proposals over the last five years including small business owners, construction workers, homeowners, consumers and tax cut recipients,” the schedule says. In the evening, the president and first lady Michelle Obama will host Musica Latina, a White House concert in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. The concert “will showcase Latin musical heritage, reflecting the influence of richly diverse Latino communities from throughout the Americas,” says the White House. SHARE 12 CONNECT 30 TWEET 4 COMMENTEMAILMORE USA NOW

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